Not up to 24 hours after completing their ancient 2021-22 playoff run, the Windsor Spitfires (and the remainder of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL)) began taking a look on the long run. On Thursday afternoon, June 16, they launched their 2022-23 time table with some pre-COVID-19 gemstones returning.
The 2021-22 season was once not anything wanting exceptional for the Spitfires. In spite of demanding situations and postponements from COVID-19, they gained the Western Convention and took the OHL Champion Hamilton Bulldogs to Recreation 7. It was once a journey for each the gamers and the enthusiasts alike. Then again, as entertaining as it’s to appear again, the league has already given a glimpse of the long run, freeing the 2022-23 time table. It sees the go back of a few large occasions, outdated favorite groups, and many extra. Let’s check out the Spitfires’ time table.
House Opener and Key Dates
With the total time table out, which enthusiasts can see at the Spitfires’ web page, there’s lots to stay up for this season. From the house opener to New Yr’s Eve, nice highway journeys to the Mickey Renaud Recreation, the time table is packed and has alternatives for everybody.
Recreation occasions are very similar to 2021-22; Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays are most often 7:05 p.m., Sundays are 4:05 p.m., and their lone Monday recreation is two:05 p.m. There are a few exceptions, even though. With that stated, listed below are some specifics, beginning with early key dates:
House Opener – Sat., Oct. 1 vs. Sarnia Sting – 7:05 p.m.
New Yr’s Eve Recreation – Sat., Dec. 31 vs. Kitchener Rangers – 2:05 p.m.
Annual Northern Swing – Thurs., Jan. 26 – Solar., Jan. 29 – at North Bay Battalion, at Sudbury Wolves, at Soo Greyhounds.
Go back of the Bulldogs – Sat., Feb. 4 vs. Hamilton Bulldogs – 7:05 p.m.
Mickey Renaud Recreation – Sat., Feb. 18 vs. Mississauga Steelheads – 7:05 p.m.
Circle of relatives Day Recreation – Mon., Feb 20 at London Knights – 2 p.m.
Annual Japanese Swing – Thurs., Feb. 23 – Solar., Feb. 26 – at Peterborough Petes, at Ottawa 67s, at Kingston Frontenacs
Closing Common Season Recreation – Sat., Mar. 25 vs. London Knights – 7:05 p.m.
There shall be different particular occasions all through the season and we’ll stay you posted on the ones. As is custom, maximum video games are at the weekend, however the workforce will play a minimum of one recreation throughout every day of the week. Right here’s a breakdown:
Sunday – 8 video games
Monday – Two video games
Tuesday – 3 video games
Wednesday – 4 video games
Thursday – 15 video games
Friday – 19 video games
Saturday – 17 video games
Interconference Video games Go back
When the league launched its 2021-22 time table closing 12 months, one of the crucial largest adjustments was once the cancellation of the vast majority of interconference video games. The speculation was once to play as many video games as conceivable with out risking sickness throughout long-distance travelling. Now, with the pandemic below regulate (for essentially the most phase), groups can now play everybody within the league.
The Spitfires gets their video games in opposition to the Japanese Convention began virtually immediately, going through the Sudbury Wolves at house on Thurs., Oct. 6. Their first highway recreation is the Niagara IceDogs on Fri., Oct. 28 on the Meridian Centre in St. Catharine’s. In overall, they are going to play every Japanese Convention workforce two times, as soon as at house and as soon as at the highway.
The Western Convention is a special tale. As at all times, the Spitfires will see a number of the ones competitors. Right here’s a breakdown of the ones video games:
8 occasions – Saginaw Spirit
Six occasions (every) – Sarnia Sting, Soo Greyhounds, Flint Firebirds, and London Knights
4 occasions (every) – Erie Otters, Owen Sound Assault, Guelph Typhoon, and Kitchener Rangers
Whilst taking part in the western groups a lot more incessantly was once entertaining every now and then, it’s going to be excellent to get again to the total league. There’s one thing particular about seeing groups just like the Oshawa Generals and Peterborough Petes are available in as soon as a season.
The championship loss remains to be contemporary in everybody’s minds however this can be a likelihood to push forward and have a look at the long run. From highway journeys to circle of relatives nights out, plus gamers like Daniil Sobolev (Montreal Canadiens) and Wyatt Johnston (Dallas Stars) main the way in which, there’s lots to stay up for. It’s going to be a brief summer time, Spitfires enthusiasts. Get the planners in a position!
A just about life-long resident of Windsor, ON, I graduated from St. Clair School (Journalism) and College of Windsor (Communications) and feature attended Windsor Spitfires’ (and OHL) video games for 30-years. My spaces come with multimedia journalism and images.